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Niels Christian M Nickelsen

The in-scription and de-scription of care robotics: values, agency and transformation of care

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Assistive feeding technology is relevant to citizens with low function in their arms. Yet, despite large-scale dissemination strategies, it proves difficult to use this technology in long periods. The study draws on the script-literature (Akrich, 1992) and empirical ethics (Pols, 2016) to provide analyses where various stakeholders’ ideas of ‘good’ are in focus. Care robotics are part of a long chain of people, ideas, materials and money, and come with a specific problematization. This, intertwines with users and care providers’ values and agency, and results in much work to adopt the technology. This study took place at different locations in Denmark and Sweden. Based on desk research, observation of meals and interviews we discuss the inscriptions of policy and design assumptions in relation to emerging use and values in different care institutions. We argue that body-robot interaction re-distribute agency; produce different meaning in relation to what a meal is, and demands intensified engagement from care providers.
Keywords: Care robotics, care work, scripts, empirical ethics, disability, agency
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience & Technology Studies
Number of pages23
Publication statusSubmitted - 24 Mar 2020

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    Research areas

  • Care robots, care work, tinkering, disability, implementation

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